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  • Vino and vistas

    The new wine pavilion at Belle Fiore Winery Estate & Vineyard will be a venue to enjoy breathtaking wines, scenery and architecture
  • The most ornate production facility in the Rogue Valley opens this weekend.
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    • If you go
      Belle Fiore Winery, Estate & Vineyard is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tastings of four to five wines are $7 to $15. Bottles of wine are $18 to $27. After today's and Sunday's ...
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      If you go
      Belle Fiore Winery, Estate & Vineyard is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tastings of four to five wines are $7 to $15. Bottles of wine are $18 to $27. After today's and Sunday's opening weekend, wine will be available by the glass at the tasting room, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road (to be renamed to 100 Belle Fiore Lane), Ashland. For more information, 541-488-9765 or www.bellefiorewine.com
  • The most ornate production facility in the Rogue Valley opens this weekend.
    Visitors to Belle Fiore Winery, Estate & Vineyard near Ashland will first cast their eyes on a 20,000-square-foot, Italian-style building that houses a vaulted tasting room, winemaking and storage space, and a second-story ballroom larger than that of the Ashland Springs Hotel.
    From the so-called Wine Pavilion's expansive windows and decks, wine appreciators and lookyloos will have views of Pompadour Bluff and, stretched in front of them, 35 acres of pampered grapevines.
    They may recognize pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc grapes, which have a history in Southern Oregon.
    Also planted but rare here are Italian reds montepulciano and teroldego and whites coda di volpe and fiano.
    Looking up, past vine-blanketed slopes, there is another newish landmark: A three-story chateau topped with pitched slate roofs and turrets, and encased in a series of tiered terraces, columned archways and limestone-like banisters.
    At 19,000 square feet, it operates as both a private residence for Belle Fiore's owners and a rentable party venue.
    Just beyond the boundaries of this European-inspired compound sits another impressive sight: Neighboring vineyards, most less than seven years old and hidden from public attention.
    Plans for new plantings in this tiny Emigrant Creek valley could one day expand the vineyard acres to 200, equal to the number of vines growing across all of the Ashland area.
    Adding to the story: The homeowners investing in grapes on their land located from the Emigrant Lake reservoir to Dead Indian Memorial Road are well known not for viticulture or wine, but real estate and philanthropy.
    Doug and Becky Neuman, who resurrected the historic Ashland Springs Hotel in Ashland and are remodeling the former Red Lion Hotel in Medford, have 25 acres suitable for grapes surrounding their home nestled near Emigrant Creek.
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